• Staff Pick Logo
    Labyrinths: Selected Stories & Other Writings Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act Cover Image
    Sam
    Sam was born on Long Island and lived there for many years. He then lived in various other parts of New York for fewer, but still numerous,...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    Rules of the House Cover Image
    Alex was born and schooled in Michigan, spent some years living and selling books in New Jersey, and is now happy to call Seattle home. Alex enjoys...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    Too Like the Lightning Cover Image
    Lauren is a bookseller, artist and writer from southern Michigan. She is trained as a printmaker and CNC laser operator; she reads poetry, kid's...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    The Writing of Art Cover Image
    Wes
    Wes is a Seattle native—an artist, urban hiker, failed Stoic, and dog fanatic. When he's not selling books at Elliott Bay, you might find him in a...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    The Secret History of Twin Peaks Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming Cover Image
    Tony is a bookseller. He was found in a pipe as a young child and began selling books shortly thereafter, having acquired the sewer people's fondness...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    Player Piano Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    Three Plays: Blood Wedding; Yerma; The House of Bernarda Alba Cover Image
    Born and raised in Eastern Washington, Allen split to Los Angeles for school and stayed way too long [sorry SoCal, but it's so true! He can...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    Song Yet Sung Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    Barkskins Cover Image
    Erica enjoys playing with words whenever and wherever a willing word is found. She loves reading them as well, and besides the pleasures of food,...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    Nightbird Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    The Gallery Cover Image
    Outside of wrangling books at Elliott Bay, you can find Julia peddling stories on Seattle stages as an actor, and behind the mic as a voiceover...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    Slouching Towards Bethlehem Cover Image
    One night in second grade, Katie read Martin the Warrior by Brian Jacques for two hours while sitting on the stairs in her childhood home....
  • Staff Pick Logo
    Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    They All Saw a Cat Cover Image
    Holly has worked full time as a bookseller since 1980. She has served on the board of Northwest Bookfest and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    Syzygy, Beauty: An Essay Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    Animals Strike Curious Poses Cover Image
    Born and raised in Kentucky, Shawn now gets sweaty palms if she's more than 2 hours from saltwater. She begrudgingly accepts Seattle winters, makes...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    Limber Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    Uprooted Cover Image
    Originally hailing from New York, Emma grew up thinking she would become either a witch or a librarian. Instead, she's a career bookseller, but she's...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    Razor-Wire Dharma: A Buddhist Life in Prison Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    Hellhound on His Trail: The Electrifying Account of the Largest Manhunt in American History Cover Image
    A bookseller since 1988, Jesse realized in May 1973 that the earth is choking to death on Homo sapiens, and in the years since has only seen the...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    My Year of Meats Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    Shibumi Cover Image
    Tracy first cut her teeth as a bookseller at the Tattered Cover in Denver and followed that up with a brief stint at Tower Books in Queen Anne, where...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    The Son Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    The Voyage of the Cormorant: A Memoir of the Changeable Sea Cover Image
    Jamie vagabonded for a while before settling in Seattle to enjoy the outdoor pursuits of the PNW. He met his wife at the bookstore and now chases...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    Of Walking in Ice: Munich-Paris, 23 November-14 December 1974 Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    Black Wave Cover Image
    Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own bio, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, this paragraph must show. To begin my...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    Never Built New York Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    Albina and the Dog-Men Cover Image
    Andy has lived in Seattle for over 10 years. Besides being an avid reader, he is an artist and musician and enjoys hiking and nature.
  • Staff Pick Logo
    Uprooted Cover Image
    Homegoing Cover Image
    Liz
    Liz hails from the humid forests of Florida (State University). Her formative years were spent surrounded by books, cats, and her fellow marching...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    James Baldwin: Collected Essays: Notes of a Native Son / Nobody Knows My Name / The Fire Next Time / No Name in the Street / The Devil Finds Work Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    The Changeling Cover Image
    Rick started working at Elliott Bay when Gerald Ford was President of the U.S.
  • Staff Pick Logo
    All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    All the Birds, Singing Cover Image
    Allison studied English and Spanish literature while at university but currently doesn’t read nearly enough books en español. She enjoys reading...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    The Curve of Time Cover Image
    Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Seth has wandered in and out of bookstores always. Taken to being in Florida's beautiful weather year round, Seth...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    The Way Things Work Now Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South Cover Image
    Born and raised in the South, Justin moved to Seattle and began working at Elliott Bay in 2016. His favorite books can be found in the history,...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    Let Them Eat Chaos Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    The Father: Made in Sweden, Part I Cover Image
    Greg was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Washington State (Spokane, Walla Walla, Bellingham, and Seattle). He's also lived in New York City and...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    American War Cover Image
    Karen is a bookseller and Author Events Co-Coordinator at Elliott Bay, and you'll also see her selling books at our events around the city. She has...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    Winesburg, Ohio Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    Lighthead Cover Image
    Born and raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota. In the past decade, he has hopped back and forth between the Great Plains and the Pacific...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    Letters to a Young Poet Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    Certain Dark Things Cover Image
    Justus is our resident Canuck, and, while she reads widely, most of her shelf-talkers have been appearing in our Horror section as of late.
  • Staff Pick Logo
    Parade's End Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    The Swerve: How the World Became Modern Cover Image
    Peter came to bookselling late, discovering in midlife what he'd always wanted to be doing but couldn't previously identify. His desert-island books...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    My Own Words Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me Cover Image
    Amy
    Amy became a bookseller at the tender age of 17 and hasn't found her way out of the life since. Born & raised in the Pacific Northwest, she is a...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    Absalom, Absalom!: The Corrected Text Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    Walden Cover Image
    Graham has been a bookseller since 1999. He is responsible for Elliott Bay's anthropology, archaeology, architecture, crafts, nature, and photography...
  • Staff Pick Logo
    The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You Cover Image
    Staff Pick Logo
    My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer Cover Image
    John joined the good ship Ebbco in 2012, having previously worked in bookstores in Manhattan and Providence, RI. In addition to bookselling, he has...